Monthly Archives: September 2011

Vodka Review: Sobieski Vodka

SobieskiPolish VodkaFinal Grade: A-Price: $11 (750ml) Reviewing vodka can be a challenging task. How does one praise a vodka? “This tastes even less than the last one I tried!” But while vodka is often described as being tasteless, odorless, colorless, etc. — rather like the perfect poison gas, now that I think about it — … Read more

Worlds Collide: Too much restraint for a true thriller hero

Excerpted from “Drinking for Thrills,” a piece by Gavin Lyall, found in The Compleat Imbiber, No. 7 (1964).  Lyall had just received a letter from his American publisher telling him that the hero in his manuscript had “an awesome whisky capacity.” His response: “As the average reader can easily imagine I leapt to the defense of my hero’s thirst, … Read more

Book Review: “The Little Pink Book of Cocktails” by Madeline Teachett

A somewhat curious book to review today: The Little Pink Book of Cocktails, an oh-so-pretty-in-pink cocktail recipe book masquerading as a planner. I realize I’m not the intended audience for this book — presumably the publisher is going after a slightly more feminine demographic. However, I do like my share of “girlie” drinks, and the book … Read more

Recipe: The Caprican Cooler

When I mentioned to a friend recently that I had made a batch of Picon Punches, he joked that he preferred the Caprican Cooler. I didn’t know what he was talking about, but apparently fans of Battlestar Galactica will recognize that both Picon and Caprica are colonies (planets?) in the show. The discussion ended with … Read more

Rum Review: Appleton Estate V/X Rum

Appleton Estate V/XJamaican RumFinal Grade: B+Price: $18 (750ml) For my first spirits review I’ve chosen one of my old stand-by rums. The entry-level product from Appleton Estate, the V/X bottling is a full-bodied Jamaican rum, golden both in color and in taste. I’ve singled it out because it’s one of the best mixing rums I’ve … Read more

The Whiskey Rebellion

Today’s Trivia Question: Who was the only sitting U.S. president to personally lead an army into battle? If you answered “George Washington,” then you earned yourself a shot! I’ll wait while you go drink it. In fact, even if you guessed “Benjamin Franklin” (who was never president and never lead an army into anything except … Read more


Bartending/Mixology DrinkBoy: Adventures in Cocktails (Robert Hess) Jeffrey Morgenthaler Gary Regan Spirits and Cocktails (Jamie Boudreau) Cocktails and Spirits Alcademics (Camper English) Art of Drink (Darcy O’Neil) The Cocktail Chronicles (Paul Clarke) Beachbum Berry (Jeff Berry) Food • Drink • Life (Anne Brockhoff) Ministry of Rum Off the Presses (Robert Simonson) Oh Gosh (Jay Hepburn) RumDood (Matt Robold) Slow Cocktails (Wayne Curtis) Magazines … Read more